If we send our people out in the world feeling loved and valued, we’re already making a dent in a big part of the mess. We can spend all the money in the world on programs to heal people of hurts and social ills – and those programs are AMAZING – but it won’t mean anything if we continue to produce more unloved and hurting people. That’s why being a good friend, family member, spouse, or parent is at the top of my “world’s best jobs list” and why I believe if we were less concerned with what our CEOs expect of us and more concerned with what our loved ones really need (love, acceptance, validation, safety, a place to express their feelings and dreams) we’d see a sea change in how happy we and others are.
This is something God is driving home in my life over and over again. So when we decided to do 31 days toward more of God’s best and less of the mess, I couldn’t help but hear a whisper we should spend a few days on loving our people well. And since we’re moving in baby steps and just laying the foundation, you can bet there’s a new graph coming tomorrow for us to hang on our fridges and store in our hearts.
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Original photo of Couple With Children On Backs by photostock from freedigitalphotos.net. Adapted for this post by Stephanie Oh.